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Vampire squid

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 9, 2015

The Vampyroteuthhis infernalis (vampire squid of hell) is commonly referred to as the vampire squid by those aware of its existence. Most people have never heard of it and very few have ever encountered it. The vampire squid resembles both a squid and an octopus…

Robert FitzRoy

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 5, 2015

Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, Royal Navy (1805-1865) is best remembered today as master of HMS Beagle during the famous voyage of Charles Darwin (1831-36). There is little doubt that the voyage would have been less fruitful without FitzRoy’s presence. He served as Governor of New Zealand (1843-48).

Nuclear power barge Sturgis

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 2, 2015

The Sturgis is the former Liberty ship SS Charles H. Cugle that was converted in the 1960s into the world’s first floating nuclear power plant. In the 1950s and 1960s, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was conducting research into the design…

Annie Larsen Affair

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 29, 2015

The three-masted schooner Annie Larsen was built in Port Blakely, Washington in 1881 to carry lumber up and down the Pacific coast. Many similar vessels were used for the same purpose during this period of rapid development in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Admiral le Bailli de Suffren

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 26, 2015

third son of Paul de Suffren, marquis de Saint Tropez. in 1743. galleys. and suppressing piracy along the North African coast. to commander of the Order of Malta in 1771. itself with the rebels. be assigned to the North American theater. Dutch…

Dumbo octopus

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 22, 2015

(below 9,000 feet). umbrella shape, with protrusions at each ‘rib’. The arms of some species have spines in addition to suckers. blue, to purple. feet. Grimpoteuthis, almost everyone refers to it as the Dumbo octopus. mantle, just above the lateral eyes. fins are used for propulsion. Disney movie.

Chemosymbiotic marine animals

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 19, 2015

discovery of geothermal vents in deep ocean waters in 1977. nutrients. the deep ocean, so photosynthesis is off the table. sulfur compounds, and methane compounds. vents. and methane compounds. provide at least a part of their energy needs. Mollusks are the most common of these hybrids. in the gut.

RV Marion Dufresne II

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 15, 2015

and supply vessel in the Southern Ocean. there. work has also taken it to the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. on behalf of the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor. vessels. a helicopter deck. paleoclimatic data from throughout the world’s oceans. six officers and 22 sailors. laboratories.

Smooth toadfish

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 12, 2015

as well as Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. areas. length, with an elongate body, a rounded back, and a flattened white belly. It has a small mouth with fused teeth. surface, they do not protrude from the skin, unlike in its cousins. with irregular brown spots and several dark brown bands.

Raphael Semmes

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 8, 2015

an army general. lieutenant in 1837. Veracruz. to meet up with the army. from the US Navy. officers served as Lighthouse Inspectors. the US Navy and joined the new Confederate Navy as a commander. the steamer Habana into the commerce raider CSS Sumter.

Olavsvern

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 5, 2015

Norway near Tromsø. for the Royal Norwegian Navy. submarine pens, barracks, and industrial facilities. waste disposal were included. and other Arctic waters, which was considered vital during the Cold War. lessened. Olavsvern Naval Base was deactivated in 2002 and officially closed in 2009.

Bryde’s whale

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 1, 2015

that nation. the blue whale. tropical and temperate marine waters generally between 40°N and 40°S. last century. feet long, while females are about 45 feet. cousins. tons, also several tons less than the sei. surface and a white color on its ventral or lower surface. splashguard in front.

Xenophyophore

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 28, 2015

Xenophyophore is a unicellular marine organism and cousin to the more familiar amoeba. It resides exclusively in very deep ocean waters (below 1,500 feet) and has been found in the Marianas Trench. Most single-cell organisms are so small as to not be visible to the naked eye.

Fish & Wildlife Service

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 24, 2015

U.S. to fish and wildlife conservation. predecessor agency, the Bureau of Fisheries, in 1871. operated three fishery survey vessels. 1885 in the Department of Agriculture. 1939, the two Bureaus were transferred to the Department of the Interior. agency and redesignated the Fish and Wildlife Service.

SS City of Flint

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 21, 2015

The steamship City of Flint was a Hog Island-class freighter built for the US Shipping Board by the American International Shipbuilding Corporation. Ordered in the waning days of World War I, it was not launched until 1919. It provided routine…

Removal of oil from Zalinski wreck

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 17, 2015

The U.S. Army Transport Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski served as a general cargo ship for the War Department from 1941 until it sank on 26 September 1946 in the Grenville Channel of British Columbia’s Inside Passage. The 251-foot ship was built in 1919 in Lorain, Ohio as SS Lake Frohna.

Kerguelen Archipelago

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 14, 2015

A desolate group of islands, islets, and rocks in the southern Indian Ocean lie about 2,000 miles southeast of South Africa and about 1,000 miles north of Antarctica. The archipelago constitutes the highest portion of the largely submerged Kerguelen Plateau…

USS Columbine

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 10, 2015

USS Columbine was a side-wheel steamer that served briefly as a warship of the United States Navy during the Civil War. It was built in 1850 as a tugboat. It was purchased by the Navy in late 1862 to assist in Operation Anaconda, the naval blockade of the southern states.

Musashi

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 7, 2015

Musashi and her sistership Yamato were the most powerful battleships afloat. Designed in the late 1930s for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), they carried nine 18-inch main guns in three triple turrets. Expecting that the United States Navy would have superiority in the number of battleships…

Retourship Batavia

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 3, 2015

A retourship was a heavily armed and well-manned merchant ship of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnia or VOC), specifically designed for the long roundtrip (retour) voyage from the Netherlands to the East Indies. Numerous retourships were built and put into service…